Maccabiah torch gearing up for games

The torch relay began at the Maccabi tombs near the city of Modi’in on December 13 and will end at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 18.

March 1, 2013 03:39
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NETANYA MAYOR Miriam Feirberg Ikar the 2013 Maccabiah Games torch.

Maccabiah Games torch 370. (photo credit: Rani Assulin/Joya Productions)


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The 2013 Maccabiah Games torch continued its journey through Israel this week.

The likes of basketball legend Tal Brody and former pole vault European champion Alex Averbukh ran with the torch during this week’s colorful Adloyada in Netanya, with mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar also dressing up and taking part in the festivities.

The torch relay began at the Maccabi tombs near the city of Modi’in on December 13 and will end at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 18 with the lighting of the Maccabiah flame at the opening ceremony.

The torch was designed by Yaki Marcus, a student at Hadassah Academic College’s Department of Inclusive Industrial Design in Jerusalem.

This is the first time that the Maccabiah Torch has been designed by a student of industrial design. Marcus, together with Department graduate Yossi Cohen, designed and produced this original work on the College campus.

The designers’ inspiration came from their desire to integrate Jewish motifs for this Zionist event – the torch’s five sections represent the five continents on which world Jewry lives today with Israel as the focus.

The torch is shaped like a cone resembling the Jewish shofar, and its upper section resembles a menorah.

Its frontal view depicts the Land of Israel as “flowing with milk and honey.”

Over 8,500 athletes from some 71 countries are expected to take part in the 19th Maccabiah, which will run between July 18-30, with events taking place across Israel.

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